One recipe you should most certainly have in your collection is an Old Fashioned Tea Cake recipe.
Although the name alludes to a cake, these are actually thin little sugar cookies, much like a short bread cookie. They are not too sweet, just exactly right and perfect for Christmas decorating.
I love a good recipe story, don’t you? This recipe came from a former neighbor. She was a seldom seen little sweet older lady who lived behind us. Her grown son lived with her, suffering from PTSD as a result of serving in World War II. He was generally a nice person who was always willing to assist with our vegetable garden, freely offering advice and instruction.
One fine day there was a knock at my back door (back door guests are best you know). It was the sweet neighbor lady bringing me a plate full of her Old Fashioned Tea Cakes. I had never heard of such a cookie. That was roughly 34 years ago but I have never forgotten just how good her cookies were! This is her recipe which she shared in the neighborhood church cookbook and I of course purchased a copy.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. soda
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add eggs one at a time beating after each.
- Blend in dry ingredients, a little at a time to avoid a big cloud of flour dust, and continue to mix until a stiff dough is formed.
- Roll dough workable sized into logs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for several hours or overnight.
- Take our just enough to work with and leave the rest in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
- Roll out very thin.
- Cut with cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet pan.
- Bake at 375° until lightly browed. My oven cooks fast, mine are ready in 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool before icing.
My husband says these cookies are ‘bakery quality’ and insist on me making them for him. When he had a choice between these cookies and the Triple Nut Bar Cookies, he chose these! That is saying a lot because those Triple Nut Bar Cookies are a highly requested dessert too.
What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?
Are you planning a Christmas party? You may like these Menu ideas:
- Tasty Baked Crusted Tilapia
- Oven Baked Homestyle Fries
- Pecan Glazed Green Beans
- Mocha Chocolate Cake with Malted Caramel Icing
Christmas Party Fun:
Martha Stewart Collection Cup Cake Tree and Separate Decorating Set, both Available online at Macy’s
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